How to convert WAV to MP3 has been a common question to some people. When they get some WAV audio files and they need to convert them to MP3 format so that they can play the files on the MP3 player. But a new question is that they don't know which converters to choose. So in this article, I will introduce five free ways to convert WAV to MP3 on Mac and I will you show you how to use them with easy steps.
Part 1. WAV vs. MP3: What's the Difference
WAV refers to Waveform Audio File Format and it is also known as WAVE. It is an audio file format standard developed by Microsoft and IBM for storing an audio bitstream on PCs. It ensures high sound quality and as a result, it occupies large space, which causes your devices always have not enough room to store. Besides, it can't be supported by the MP3 player.
MP3 is the abbreviation of "Moving Picture Experts Group Audio Layer III". It is designed to dramatically reduce audio file's data size, so it obviously occupies less space than WAV file although its sound quality will be damaged during the compression process.
Part 2. 5 Free Video Converters to Convert WAV to MP3 on Mac
Method 1. VideoSolo Free Video Converter
VideoSolo Free Video Converter is an excellent converter with fast conversion speed and stable converting process.
Here are key features of VideoSolo Free Video Converter:
a. Support more than 300 common video and audio formats.
b. Convert videos and audios for multimedia devices.
c. Support batch-conversion from one format to another.
d. Provide flexible settings to individualize your videos and audios.
e. It can be used in Mac OS X 10.7 or above.
If you are interested in VideoSolo Free Video Converter and want to know more about it, please click the button below to download and install it.
- Support free conversion between more than 300 popular video/audio formats.
- Offer batch video and audio conversion.
- Customize videos by editing opening and ending.
- Merge multiple videos into one.
Step 1. Import Source File
Run VideoSolo Free Video Converter and click "Add File(s)" button to import WAV files you want to convert.
Step 2. Set Output Format
Click the pull-down list near "Output format" and select "General Audio", then choose MP3 as the output format.
Step 3. Adjust Parameters
If you want to edit the name of the converted files, you can click the pencil icon near the file name and edit it.
Besides, you can choose the destination to store the converted files by clicking the "Open Folder" button.
Step 4. Start the Conversion
Click the "Convert" button and you can easily convert WAV to MP3.
During the conversion process, you can see the conversion's degree of completion and elapsed time, as well as remaining time. In addition, you can choose to pause or stop the conversion by clicking the "Pause" or "Stop" button.
Method 2. iTunes
iTunes is a free digital media app provided for Mac and PC. It is supported by Apple Inc. and can be used to play digital music and videos. With iTunes, you can:
a. Discover new music and add it to your favorite list.
b. Receive recommendation music based on your personalized playlist.
c. Connect it to other Apple devices and play music with Apple TV or AirPlay.
d. Easily and conveniently convert a music file to another format.
Step 1. Run iTunes and click "Preferences", and then click "General" and you will open the "General Preferences" window.
Step 2. In the "General Preferences" window, click "Import Settings" to choose MP3 Encoder from the pop-up menu.
Step 3. Go back to the iTunes library and add the WAV files you want to convert. Then click "Files" and click "Create New Version". Click "Create MP3 Version" and iTunes will automatically convert WAV to MP3.
Method 3. Convert Files
Convert File is a free online converter which can convert about 335 formats, including the audio file, video, image, document, ppt, and package. As long as you have a connected browser, you can convert WAV to MP3 with Convert Files.
Step 1. Select the file you want to convert from your local file, or you can download WAV files from the Internet by entering the website's address.
Step 2. Set the output format by clicking the drop-down list which is next to "Output format". And you can choose MP3 as the output format of the converted file.
Step 3. Click the "Convert" button and Convert Files will automatically convert the WAV file to MP3.
But if you choose to use Convert Files, you can't specify the storage destination of the output files and you need to click the link it provided to download the output files.
Method 4. Online Audio Converter
Online Audio Converter is a free online converter. It supports more than 300 formats and you can convert a great number of files at the same time and store them as a zip package so that you can more conveniently download it.
Step 1. Open files you want to convert from your computer disk or you can import the files from Google Drive, Dropbox, URL.
Step 2. Specify MP3 as the output format by clicking "mp3" in the bar.
Besides, you can set bitrate, sample rate, channels or other information about the music by clicking the "Advanced settings" button and "Edit track info" button.
Step 3. You can easily start the conversion by clicking the "Convert" button.
Step 4. After the conversion, you can download the converted files by clicking the "Download" button or choose to save to Google Drive or Dropbox.
Method 5. Zamzar
Zamzar is also a powerful online converter. It supports more than 1200 different conversions but the file'size can't exceed 100M. Similarly, it can not only convert audio files but also can convert video, image, and document.
Step 1. Choose files you want to convert by clicking the "Choose Files" button or you can directly drag the files to the web. Also, if you want to convert the files from a website, you can click the underscored word "URL" to import the files.
Step 2. Choose the output format as MP3 by clicking the pull-down list.
Step 3. You need to enter your email address in the blank text box and then you will receive the converted files. Then you can start the conversion by clicking the "Convert" button.
These five converters can all enable you to easily and conveniently convert WAV files to MP3. And with the help of them, you can enjoy your favorite music on your MP3 player.